"Therefore go and make disciples of all nation baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Mathew 28:19
For over a century, Call of Hope has creatively shared the Gospel with Muslims worldwide. Below is brief account of our story with the major events since our founding:
1887: German Templars Fritz Keller (German Vice Consul, Haifa), and Minister Johannes Seitz constructed an outreach ministry facility on Mount Karmel in Israel/Palestine. Facility construction was made possible by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire AbdulHamid Khan II and Pope Leo the 13th.
1904: Martin Schneider assumes leadership, expanding ministry focus beyond Templars in the Holy Land to include Jews and Muslims.
1923: Mission support headquarters established in Schorndorf, Germany.
1948: The State of Israel is founded. The Israeli government seizes the Mount Karmel property on the grounds that it was German. Call of Hope workers flee to Lebanon.
1951 – the 1970s: COH ministry continues in Lebanon through humanitarian help for Bedouins and refugees, radio programs, literature publication, distribution, discipleship, and correspondence. COH work begins in Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, and Jordan.
1974: COH opens an English literature department.
1979: COH literature and discipleship work begins in southern India, Bangladesh, and other Asian countries.
1980s: The work expands in Asia. In Indonesia a vast Radio work starts.
1987: literature work and agricultural evangelism efforts began in Nigeria and Ghana.
1990s: Literature and outreach work begins in other African countries like Kenya and Tanzania. Call of Hope begins its international Internet work in many different languages.
2003: Radio work begins in Northern Nigeria. Later also in Ghana and Kenya.
2008: COH-USA is founded
From its beginnings in the Holy Land and Lebanon, the work of Call of Hope spread to 22 Islamic countries spanning the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Though thousands have been reached, much remains to be done. There are currently an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims who do not yet know God’s love.